PoliBlog: A Rough Draft of my Thoughts

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  1. I would modify your elegant definition by adding the world repeatedly, some find it helpful if folks self designate for the midnight knock.

    Comment by walt moffett — Tuesday, March 31, 2009 @ 6:37 pm

  2. Good point.

    Of course, part of my perhaps too subtle point is that in a totalitarian state, one wouldn’t have access to the tv, radio, et al., since it would all be controlled by the state.

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Tuesday, March 31, 2009 @ 6:45 pm

  3. I disagree slightly. Could one not rant about one’s government embracing degrees of totalitarianism or approaching totalitarianism and be valid in those arguments? Even if a state is not fully totalitarian, it might take on totalitarian attributes.

    Comment by James H — Wednesday, April 1, 2009 @ 7:01 am

  4. Even if a state is not fully totalitarian, it might take on totalitarian attributes.

    The very nature of a totalitarian state is such that one isn’t going to get there by tiny increments.

    One might well approach authoritarianism in smaller steps, and one could try and want about that, but a leader with totalitarian tendencies isn’t going to accept relentless criticism.

    Comment by Dr. Steven Taylor — Wednesday, April 1, 2009 @ 7:57 am

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